Universal Orlando Resort says it’s planning to open its theme parks to the public starting from June 5.
Universal Orlando CEO John Sprouls and executive vice president of resort operations Rich Costales presented the company reopening plans to Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force on Thursday. The task force approved the plans but this universal reopening plan has not been endorsed by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings — which is necessary to move forward with the plans.
Demings argued that he needed time to review the reopening plan and is brief the governor, likely Friday.
Sprouls explained that Universal Orlando’s reopening would be a gradual process, and capacity-managed with strictly measures — social distancing measures for every attraction, venue, shop, and restaurant.
Universal Orlando plans to open the park to staff only on June 1 and 2 to vet its new procedures, while Some invited guests — like annual pass holders — will be allowed to further test the reopening procedures June 3rd and 4th respectively. Then, the parks would open to the public on June 5.
More so, as part of the strict measures put in place against the COVID19 pandemic, Social distancing spacing standards will be enforced in the parks; increased guest screening and sanitation; Temperature checks will also be required as disposable facemasks the will be provided to guests without one.
Frequent reminders — to properly ensure the safety of every guest and staff — procedures will be on signage and in audio messages throughout the parks.
Universal Orlando has three parks: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and the Volcano Bay water park.